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No. 9 Merrimack Explodes in Second Half to beat AIC

Mary McNeil (Photo: James Buck / Merrimack College)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  – The No. 9 Merrimack College field hockey program tallied three unanswered goals over the first 17 minutes of the second half, erasing a 1-0 halftime deficit and prevailing by a 3-1 final against American International College on Tuesday evening from Ronald J. Abdow Field.

The Basics
Score: #9 Merrimack 3, 
AIC 1
Records: #9 Merrimack (3-1) | AIC (0-5)
Location: Ronald J. Abdow Field | Springfield, Mass.

Rapid Recap

  • After 20 minutes without either team scoring, the Yellow Jackets scored off a penalty corner with Chelsea Davis finding the back of the net
  • Merrimack totaled seven shots over the final 11 minutes of the opening half, but AIC kept the Warriors off the scoreboard
  • The Navy and Gold capitalized on their extended pressure five minutes into the second stanza. On the Warriors’ fourth corner of the half, junior Mary McNeil (Canton, Mass.) pounced on a loose ball in front to tie the game at 1-1
  • The senior connection of Taylor Simpson (York, Maine) and Rylie Hammond (Phillipston, Mass.) gave Merrimack the lead five minutes later, with the latter delivering a pass to the former who scored her fourth goal of the year
  • Freshman Emma Dutremble (Dayton, Maine) netted her first-ever goal at the 51:55 mark to extend Merrimack’s advantage to 3-1

Team Leaders (MC // AIC)

  • Goals: Three Tied (1) // Chelsea Davis (1)
  • Assists: Taylor Simpson (1)  // Katie Lombardozzi (1)
  • Points: Three Tied (2) // Davis (2)
  • Saves: Katharina Ohmen (6) // Alexis Torosian (6)

Notes and Notables

  • Hammond has now scored in three straight games, leads the Warriors in goals (4) and is tied for the team lead in points (8)
  • The fourth-year forward moved into a tie for fifth in program history in goals scored with the 34th of her career on Tuesday
  • McNeil’s tally marked the first of her junior season and 22nd of her career
  • Dutremble notched her first-ever goal, playing in her first collegiate game. The rookie became the first of Merrimack’s newcomers to record a point this year
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Katharina Ohmen (Bremen, Germany) picked up her third win in as many games, making six saves against the Yellow Jackets

Up Next
Merrimack will return to action tomorrow night when the Warriors host No. 10 Stonehill College at 7 p.m.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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